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People ex rel. Younger v. County of El Dorado
California Supreme Court
5 Cal. 3d 480, 96 Cal. Rptr. 553, 487 P.2d 1193 (1971)
Lake Tahoe Basin was an area along the California–Nevada border that attracted many tourists every year. The lake’s ecology was in grave danger due to the increase of population and development in the area. Pursuant to congressional approval, California and Nevada entered the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact (TRPC). The TRPC was formed to provide the planning, conservation, and resource development that was necessary to accommodate the growing population and protect the ecology. The TRPC created the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), which had jurisdiction over the area and broad powers to make and enforce the regional plan. The TRPA apportioned fees to counties in California. The California Attorney General (plaintiff) sought a writ of mandate against the Counties of El Dorado and Placer (counties) (defendants), compelling them to pay their fees to the TRPA. The counties argued that they were not required to pay the fees because the TRPC was unconstitutional under Sections 11, 12, and 13 of the California Constitution and void.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Sullivan, J.)
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